Three Gambiteers entered the Fide Rated congress this weekend.
In the Open Section, Mike Barnes won his 1st game and drew the other 4 to finish on 3 points, just outside the prize money. WN’s Jonah Willow finished joint 3rd after drawing with eventual 2nd placed Martin Burrows in an exciting game. The winner was John Merriman 214 who defeated GM Mark Hebden in the last round. With two GMs, an IM and three FMs in the field, it was refreshing to see an untitled player win the event.
Also in the Open was Jose Vieira who, after a full point bye in round 1, put up a very good fight before finally succumbing to Jonah Willow in round 2. After two more defeats, including v ex Ashfield player Richard Webster, and a complicated draw v LE’s Julian Cast, Jose ended up on 1.5 points.
In the Major Section (U2000 & U175), Drag Sudar lost to top seed ex Ashfield player Derek Jarvis in round 1. He won in round 2 against WB’s Saurav Sunny with a lovely mating net in the middle of the board. He threw away an easy draw in round 3, forgetting all the basic principles of the endgame, and followed this up by throwing away a win in round 4 against Central’s Mark Radford, eventually drawing. A win against WN’s Vidura Mendis in round 5 gave him a total score of 2.5 points.